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Movies opening this weekend - July 4
Article published on Monday, June 30, 2014
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Susan Sarandon stars as Pearl and Melissa McCarthy as Tammy in New Line Cinema's comedy "Tammy," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Tammy pairs McCarthy, Sarandon; family film Earth to Echo hits theaters. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

Tammy
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd and Kathy Bates
Director: Ben Falcone
Rated: R

Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon star in New Line Cinema's comedy "Tammy," marking Ben Falcone's directorial debut.

Tammy (McCarthy) is having a bad day. She's totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint, and instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house.

It's time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she's broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearl (Sarandon), is her only option - with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind. But on the road, with grandma riding shotgun, it may be just what Tammy needs.

Earth to Echo
Genre: Animation, adventure and science fiction
Cast: Teo Halm, Brian "Astro" Bradley, Reese Hartwig and Ella Linnea Wahlestedt
Director: Dave Green
Rated: PG

In Relativity's PG summer family adventure movie, Tuck, Munch and Alex are a trio of inseparable friends whose lives are about to change.

Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they team up with another school friend, Emma, and set out to look for the source of their phone signals. What they discover is something beyond their wildest imaginations: a small alien who has become stranded on Earth. In need of their help, the four friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home.

This journey, full of wonder and adventure, is their story, and their secret.

Deliver Us From Evil
Genre: Supernatural thriller
Cast: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris and Joel McHale
Director: Scott Derrickson
Rated: R

In "Deliver Us From Evil," New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes.

He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramírez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. The film is inspired by the book, which details Sarchie's bone-chilling real-life cases.

The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.

School Dance
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Bobb'e J. Thompson, Luenell, Mike Epps, George Lopez, Katt Williams, Wilmer Valderrama, Dashawn Omar Blanks, Langston Alexander Higgins, Julian Alexander Goins, Kristinia DeBarge, Melissa Molinaro, Jasmine Sanders, Amber Rose, Jim Breuer, Jessica Kirson, Efren Ramirez, Lil Duval, Anthony "Scruncho" McKinley, Earl Benjamin and Dominic Anthony Thomas
Director: Nick Cannon
Rated: R

High school student Jason has found his dream girl - the gorgeous Anastacia.

There's just one problem: She doesn't know he exists. If he can win a spot on the school's hottest dance crew, Jason might have a shot. But before he does, he'll have to overcome his battle-ax of a mother, survive Anastacia's gangsta brother, and pass the crew's initiation - in this fresh, sexy, and outrageously funny comedy.

Life Itself
Genre: Documentary
Cast: Roger Ebert and Chaz Ebert
Director: Steve James
Rated: R

Acclaimed director Steve James and executive producers Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian present "Life Itself," a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert - a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent.

Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, "Life Itself" explores the legacy of Roger Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
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